Christmas With Friends
On Christmas Day, with our Ugly Sweaters on, we joined up with a new group of friends for a different kind of Christmas celebration. I say “different” but this was pretty much as close to a “normal Christmas” as it could be for me. For a change, Justin was not among the majority. Most of us there were from the southern hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), and therefore used to a sunny Christmas often involving a BBQ (braai), sunblock, and a swimming pool. We ordered two pre-made dinner sets from a German Restaurant located nearby, and then made a few extra side dishes and desserts. The kids all played together, and watched movies in one of the bedrooms. The ladies gathered around the kitchen and lounge. The men were up on the roof, BBQing and drinking beer. When the food was all ready, we sat in the lounger eating, chatting, and enjoy the good company.
We had a fantastic time, and couldn’t be happier to share this day with these friends. It is a blessing to have met some new people that we click with. Everyone had good laugh during the Gift Exchange (FYI – we played the “worst gift” version which always results in plenty of fun! ie. Guests are asked to wrap up something they no longer need/ want, and bring it along to the party.)
Above, One of the gifts that we took along was just plain AWFUL. We had received it at the last gift exchange that we took part in about a month ago, at an Elf Party. I am not sure if you can tell what it is from looking at the above image, but it is a specimen collector. You know, the thing you poop/ pee into… to collect a specimen for testing. Ewww! Gross by HILARIOUS! I thought that we were going to have to keep that bad boy for a whole year, and then take it back to the Elf Party next December. But hey, what do you know – we have sent it off into the world in less than a month!
Below, VERY happy that I got a neck pillow out of this gift exchange.
An amazing afternoon and evening with friends. We are grateful for new connections, tons of laughter, and new memories made. You’ll probably be seeing more of these friendly faces in the next few months. We are looking forward to spending more time with these folks in the future.